Understanding the Earth's dynamics, composition, and environment is accomplished through an interdisciplinary curricula including geology, geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and soil science.
Opportunities for careers in the geosciences have never been better. Areas of environmental science, petroleum, mining, water and land resources, volcanology, paleontology, and glacial geology offer rewarding careers with a completed bachelor’s degree. Many students continue study at the graduate level.
Curricula requirements include a departmental core of 45 credits, including year-long sequences in calculus, chemistry, and physics, as well as computer science.
A typical first year for all geology majors includes physical geology, the Earth through time, and year-long sequences in English, mathematics, and chemistry.
A minor in Geology consists of at least 18 credits of geology courses selected in consultation with a Department of Geosciences adviser. Selected geography and soil science courses may be substituted for geology courses.
Environmental Geology Minor
As environmental stewardship becomes an increasingly important aspect of all career paths, the Environmental Geology minor complements and enhances a wide range of majors. Students interested in the Earth and the environment are invited to consider this rewarding and challenging minor. Geology majors may not minor in Environmental Geology.
Degree Type: B.A. or B.S.
Required Degree Credits to Graduate: 122
General Education Requirements
|First Year Experience (F):|
|UNIV 189||Skills For Academic Success (Students transferring in 24 or more credits do not need to take UNIV 189.)||1|
|ENGL 110||College Composition I||3|
|ENGL 120||College Composition II||3|
|ENGL 324||Writing in the Sciences||3|
|COMM 110||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning (R):|
|MATH 165||Calculus I||4|
|Science & Technology (S):|
|The 10 credits required in the Science and Technology category will be fulfilled with requirements of the major.||10|
|Humanities & Fine Arts (A): Select from current general education list||6|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences (B): Select from current general education list||6|
|Wellness (W): Select from current general education list||2|
|Cultural Diversity (D): Select from current general education list|
|Global Perspectives (G):|
|GEOL 105||Physical Geology||3|
Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree – An additional 6 credits in Humanities or Social Sciences*
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree – An additional 12 credits Humanities and Social Sciences* and proficiency at the second year level in a modern foreign language.
Humanities and Social Sciences may be fulfilled by any course having the following prefix: ADHM, ANTH, ARCH, ART, CJ, CLAS, COMM, ECON, ENGL, FREN, GEOG, GERM, HDFS, HIST, LA, LANG, MUSC, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, RELS, SOC, SPAN, THEA, WGS, or any course from the approved list of general education courses in humanities and social sciences (general education categories A and B). These credits must come from outside the department of the student’s major.
|General Education Requirements||40|
|Science and Mathematics College Requirements||6-12|
|Geology Core Requirements|
|Students must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in the geology core requirements.|
|GEOG 455||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||4|
and Physical Geology Lab
|The Earth Through Time|
and The Earth Through Time Lab
|Select one of the following:||2|
|Lake Superior Field Course|
|Black Hills Field Course|
& GEOL 303
and Paleontology Field Course
& GEOL 421
and Mineralogy Laboratory
|GEOL 450||Field Geology||3|
|GEOL 457||Structural Geology||4|
|GEOL 491||Seminar (Junior Year)||1|
|GEOL 491||Seminar (Senior Year)||1|
|SOIL 444||Soil Genesis and Survey||3|
|Related Required Courses|
|Chemistry: Select one of the following sequences:||8|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
|Principles of Chemistry I|
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
|Principles of Chemistry II|
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
|MATH 165||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 166||Calculus II||4|
|Physics: Select one of the following sequences:||8-10|
|College Physics I|
and College Physics I Laboratory
|College Physics II|
and College Physics II Laboratory
|University Physics I|
and University Physics I Laboratory
|University Physics II|
and University Physics II Laboratory
|Skills: Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Computer Science I|
|Computing Fundamentals I|
|Degree Requirements: Potential of 13 credits to reach 122||13|
- Except for courses offered only as pass/fail grading, no course may be taken Pass/Fail.
- Majors planning on graduate studies should be aware that a summer field camp course may be required for graduate admission. This course is recommended to be taken during the summer following the junior or senior year. Information on field camp courses and a small departmental scholarship to support these studies may be obtained from an adviser.